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The President Rumen Radev rejected Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s proposal to convene a Grand National Assembly to come up with a new constitution with the argument that this is his very own right instead of Borissov’s right. He once again demanded the resignation of the government and the holding of fair early elections.
He pointed out that this is the desire of all people protesting for more than a month.
"Confidence in the ruling majority has been irretrievably lost. The PM to convention of a Grand National Assembly and changes in the Constitution. This act itself shows disregard of the Constitution - Article 159 of the Basic Law stipulates that the right to an initiative for convening a Grand National Assembly belongs to at least half of the MPs or the President but not the Prime Minister”, Radev is adamant.
"Can the political party turning itself into the state initiate changes to the constitution? My answer is no.”
Can a party which boycotted Parliamentary control yesterday propose amendments to the Constitution today? The answer is “No”.
Can a government that violates the law, does not introduce machine voting and rejects electronic remote voting, organize fair elections? The answer is “No”. Can a government that stifles freedom of speech offer a debate on the future of Bulgaria? The answer is “No”.
Can the mafia reform the judiciary? The answer is “No”.
Can a prime minister who has turned a parliamentary republic into an autocracy propose changes to the Constitution? The answer is “No”," he continued.
The President once again accused the government of repression towards the protesters
"Repressions, provocations and attempts to ignore the civil discontent only confirm the need of those resignations”, Radev added.
"Talks about the Constitution and Bulgaria's future are possible only after the resignations demanded by the public are a fact, as well as those fair early elections have taken place", he said.